The discovery of a highly radioactive nuclear fuel element at Hunterston in North Ayrshire has sparked concerns about an “alarming safety lapse”. The site’s local stakeholder group says this is “something that should not have happened” and is demanding answers from nuclear safety regulators. Campaigners claim it’s a “dangerous situation”. The Scottish Government environmental watchdog says there’s no risk to public health or the environment but that it’s “a legacy matter which needs to be addressed”. The site’s UK Government safety regulator, describes the find as “not unexpected”. The UK Government company that runs the site promises the fuel element is “in a safe and controlled environment”. Its discovery was “completely expected” and more old fuel may be found, it says.
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